Widgets Flotsam and Jetsam #5

Flotsam and Jetsam #5

By Nick at August 16, 2010 04:55
Filed Under: Flotsam and Jetsam
  • Looking for a semi-educational and non-banal toy for kids?  I can’t recommend the Perplexus enough.  It’s one of those frustrating, fun, challenging toys that you can’t stop trying.  I myself have not yet conquered the whole thing.  Okay, it drives me crazy, but it is great to have out on the coffee table when people come over.
  • I consider it a major failing of the marketplace that I cannot purchase a jar full of the stuff that is in the middle of Oreos.
  • I’ve been on a number of airline flights over the past couple of weeks, and I have a few thoughts:
    • Is it even remotely possible that there is anyone out there that doesn’t know how to use a seat belt?  They demo it every time.  Seriously? If you can’t figure out the seatbelt, or don’t have someone flying with you that can figure it out for you, should you even be on the plane? 
    • What, exactly  are “service items”?  As in “your flight attendants will make a final trip through the cabin to pick up any service items you may have”.  Is there no “garbage” or “refuse” allowed on planes?
    • Is it federal law that some crew member is required at some point during the flight to use the phrase “sit  back, relax, and enjoy the flight”?  I ask because I’ve never been on a flight where those exact words weren’t used. 
    • As an added bonus, how, exactly are you supposed to “sit back” in those notoriously barely-reclinable seats?
    • And what is the deal with this announcement:  “This will serve as a final boarding call for flight 666, service to Hell”?  What, aren’t they allowed to make actual final boarding calls, so they have to merely make announcements that merely serve as one?  Huh?
  • This is probably old news for most of you, but there is a new RAD Studio roadmap out.  And the next release of the product will be using the new “XE” identifier.  You can get a sneak preview of the product here.
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